Yesterday was a rainy day...one like I haven't seen since I was hiking on a glacier in Alaska back in July. The boys went off to explore the "rivers" in the yard, all the while splashing around in the swirling waters under their feet. I couldn't help but just quietly walk around and watch them having fun in the rain. I joined in on the fun after a little while, though...after lunch and on our second set of play clothes.
Today reminded me of why...I love my boys...I love puddle jumping...and...I really need to get a new umbrella.
I reminded myself of this recently.
It's not about me at all, this wellness journey I am on to a healhier version of myself.
Not at all.
Never has been, really.
It is about the people who invest in me. My husband. My boys. My family. My friends.
They all share themselves with me. When I am not at my best, I'm not giving them a good return for their investment.
They get the tired looks, the lack of energy excuses, and the wimpy "maybe next time" cop outs. I have come to realize that those that take precious time to invest in me deserve better from me. I need to adhere to the direction given on any flight I've ever been on that goes something like this: make sure your own oxygen mask is properly secured before helping others. If I don't take care of myself first, my ability to care for others effectively diminishes quickly. My choosing clean eating, drinking enough water, and exercising on a daily basis is how I put on my mask first. Am I perfect at meeting the n…